The Classic Yacht Club of America was formed to encourage the preservation and restoration of classic water craft to as near original condition as possible. Further, it was established to encourage rendezvous and other social gatherings, to collect information on classic watercraft, and to act as a reference source.
Classic Yacht Contests were held on an informal basis in 1969 at Cambridge, MD and in 1970 at Rock Creek, MD. These informal events inspired a small number of owners of vintage watercraft to charter CYCA.
The Classic Yacht Club of America, Inc. was officially created in 1971 and was organized for the purpose of promoting ownership, preservation, restoration and knowledge of classic wood pleasure vessels. Subsequently, the club's mission statement was expanded to include other hull materials.
The Club, by design, holds rendezvous at different sites on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries during the boating season and an annual meeting for installation of Officers.